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Ransom My Heart by [Cabot, Meg, Thermopolis, Mia]
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From Publishers Weekly

The gimmick to accompany the conclusion of the Princess Diaries is this delightful historical romance written by series heroine Princess Mia Thermopolis (with help from Cabot, who is donating all proceeds to Greenpeace). Finn Crais is the resourceful daughter of a miller living in Stephensgate, England, in 1291. When Finns older sister, Mellana, gets pregnant by a troubadour and has no money for a dowry, Finn agrees to carry out Mellanas ridiculous plan to abduct a wealthy man and hold him ransom, settling on Earl Hugh Fitzstephen, fresh back from the crusades and loaded with gold and jewels. Finn doesn't realize who it is she'scaptured, and Fitzstephen, owing to a curiosity about Finn and wanting to see where the kidnapping will lead, plays along. As to be expected, passions become enflamed, and Finn discovers her sister's plan may not be a simple as she originally thought. Though predictable, the novel is thoroughly enjoyable and funny. Cabots fans, and particularly those graduating from the Princess Diaries, will be pleased, especially as they may have read brief excerpts in Forever Princess, the series finale (Reviews, p. 55). (Jan.)
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*Starred Review* Her Royal Highness Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldi, Crown Princess of Genovia, has decided to write her own book. “Mia” is used to fame, after all, since her creator turned coauthor, Meg Cabot, has shared her story in the bestselling Princess Diaries series. Now Mia tells the tale of Finnula Crais, a thirteenth-century lass whose skills as an archer far surpass those of anyone else in her village. She often shoots forbidden game in the forest belonging to Sir Hugo Fitzstephen, Earl of Stephensgate, sharing the meat with the struggling peasantry. When another of Finnula’s many sisters is about to get married and the family can’t afford a dowry, the incorrigible Finnula decides to kidnap Sir Hugo, who has returned from the Crusades with what she figures must be a bounty of spoils. Then the worst thing possible happens: Finnula falls in love with the captive knight. The antics and adventures of the feisty heroine and frustrated hero make this hilarious medieval romance a sure-to-please page-turner. And the authors are true to their animal-rights and environmental convictions: all proceeds from the novel, which is printed on environmentally friendly paper, will be donated to Greenpeace. --Shelley Mosley

Product Details

  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (January 6, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 6, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL8GK
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By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
In England in the year 1291, Finulla Crass, the adventurous daughter of the village miller, is determined to help her older sister, Mellana, who is pregnant out of wedlock and needs a substantial dowry, as her child's father will otherwise be too poor to marry her. The sisters come up with a rather unconventional plan - Finnula will find a wealthy man, kidnap him, and hold him for ransom in order to obtain the money Mellana needs. Finnula decides her captive will be a young earl, Hugo Fitzstephan, who has returned from the Crusades with quite a large fortune.

Hugo Fitzstephan is nothing like Finnula expected, however. The young knight is disturbingly handsome, and Finnula, who prefers hunting and riding to household tasks and is determined to never marry again after her first husband died before their wedding night, finds herself fighting her attraction for Hugo. Meanwhile, Hugo could escape at any time, but plays along as Finnula's "hostage" because he is curious about - and rather fascinated by - this unconventional young woman.

Ransom My Heart is an enjoyable and lighthearted Medieval romance with an entertaining relationship between the main characters. It's not super heavy on historical detail, but I loved that it was different from most romances set in this time period, in that it had a unique storyline and featured a heroine who was a commoner rather than the typical sheltered young noblewoman. This book does have a bit more mature content than Meg Cabot's young adult books, however, so I wouldn't really recommend it to her younger fans. Historical romance readers as well as older teen and adult fans of the author are sure to enjoy this book, and I highly recommend it to them.
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Format: Kindle Edition
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Ransom My Heart is simple in plot, albeit it takes a while to rev up to the action it hints at in the synopsis. It is written by Princess Mia Thermopolis and Meg Cabot, but let's just be honest it's a sole work of art by Meg Cabot herself. The touch of having Princess Mia Thermopolis attached to the novel I feel is a bit of a marketing ploy for a certain type or reader, and I could also be wrong. It sucked me in, and I didn't even read The Princess Diaries.

The majority of the book is largely focused on Finnula Crais's abduction of Hugo Fitzstephen, and how their budding romance ensues. It is then followed by the mortal danger that surrounds Hugo and Finnula at Stephensgate manor as a family plot to claim the title of Earl unfolds. In reality though, ninety percent of the book was centric to Finnula and Hugo.
I began reading this book with some hesitation in mind, and it was because of some historical relevance that I found lacking. After all 1291 is hardly a year in which a young woman would've been allowed to traipse about the country side wearing men's clothing. At most I found this to be a minor nuisance though, and it was because of the great character development that roped me into Finnula's life. She was strong of conviction, yet gentle and loving to her family. I loved how her strong-headedness was her greatest strength and weakness. Generally speaking it's only ever contrived as one - good or bad. For Finnula though it's what got her into trouble, and out of trouble since the beginning of her journey.
What a journey it was too! I felt like I was riding a personal roller coaster at times though, and it really stems back to my first impressions of Hugo.
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Format: Paperback
The people in Finnula Finn's town are starving. Luckily, she's can wield a bow and arrow like nobody else. She's been keeping the town's people fed so they don't starve. She likes looking after people and not being a conventional women. When her sister comes to her needing help, she can't refuse. However, she knows nothing about capturing a man and holding him for ransom. When she finds one to her liking, she doesn't realize that she's in way over her head. First of all, he infuriates her. Second of all, she finds herself divulging all her secrets to him - well not all of them. She still doesn't want to talk about what happened on her wedding night. That subject is off limits, but nothing else appears to be off limits including her lips. How did she get herself into this mess and how could it end other than badly?

An adult romance novel written as a senior project by Princess Mia Thermoplis. She uses a pen name in an attempt to become an author without using her title. All the proceeds from this book will go towards Greenpeace. - I love this idea. I love how Tina influences Mia with her romance book reading.

An addicting and romantic read, one of my favorite books by this amazing author! It was the perfect treat.
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I am neither a historical fiction reader, nor a romance reader. The sole reason I wanted to read this book was because of the fact that it was written by the great Meg Cabot. Cabot has written young adult historical romances (Nicola and the Viscount, Victoria and the Rogue) and I was not a fan of those. For the most part, I was completely enchanted by Finnula's story. It's great to see a romance novel that breaks romance novel stereotypes of weak, helpless women waiting for strong burly men to do everything for them. Things like this (and minor anachronisms) remind the reader that this is theoretically being written by a girl in her senior year of high school. It's a fun read, though not entirely suitable for young adults (but you just know Princess Diaries fans are going to ignore this fact and read it anyways). Everything's great until the end approaches. The wedding is skipped over, and then a weird storyline begins. I honestly believe the wedding should have been an ending with an elaborate wedding scene, and then anything after that could have served as either an epilogue or as a sequel. It felt as though it were two entirely different books, and read pretty awkwardly. There's no main idea throughout the entire book, it's two different ones (the first being 'falling in love', the second 'death threats, oh no!').

Rating: 4/5
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